Having the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes necessary to make informed decisions on scientific issues.
Sorry, Science On Saturday fans: lecture cancelled due to inclement weather.
This year, planetary spacecraft will visit two significant bodies in the solar system. These bodies are the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. Ceres was first discovered in 1801 and thought to be a planet. It was only realized 50 years later that Ceres was a member of a huge number of objects in what we now know as the asteroid belt. The Dawn spacecraft was just captured into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. After spending more than a year at another asteroid called Vesta and spending 2.5 years finally getting to Ceres.
This lecture reviews the development of x-ray spectroscopy at PPPL, which began in the 1970’s on the ST (Symmetric Tokamak) and has had a significant impact on the magnetic fusion research program worldwide. Several important physics parameters can be measured with these techniques.
Science fans will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the cutting edge research taking place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory when the Laboratory, which already offers tours to groups, opens up its doors to smaller groups or individuals with new twice-monthly public tours starting in October.
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